397 fer fair. The. sun a-bearen down in the field." He took his knife from his pocket, opened the heavy blade, and began, with deliberation, to trim a stick which he found lying there before him. " In the field," he repeated, appearing to study the suck. " But I reckin you didn't know, hit cool up here lak hit is." He turned his dark, acrimonious glance upon Mr. Munn, then resumed his whittling. Mr. Munn said nothing. "I ain't a man to shun and shirk," Sylvestus said. "No man kin say hit. Anything air man kin do, I kin do. And will do. But a man's got a right to know he don't sweat fer nuthen. Hit'll be a drout, and sweat fer nuthen." He paused, studying the stick. " A drout," he repeated. " It's too early to tell," Mr. Munn rejoined. " I kin tell. Ever time, I kin tell 1" He swung toward Mr, Munn resentfully. " I seen a blade of com today, yaller, and hit long a-fore tossellen time. Hit's a curse come on the land, the way folks been revellen and carryen on." He rose abruptly from his squatting position, and flung the stick into the spring. " Sweat fer nuthen," he uttered. He stood there indecisively, the rigidity seeming to go from his body. He clicked the knife blade shut. " I didn't mean nuthen," he said sullenly, not looking at Mr. Munn, "about yore layen up here." Then he turned, and before Mr. Munn could answer, plunged off down the trail. That evening at supper Sylvestus had nothing to say to anyone. He ate with his eyes fixed upon his plate, doggedly. He did not join the others on the porch after supper, but stayed in the kitchen. "A-readen," Willie Proudfit told them. " He'll be a-readen past moon-set lak as not, if hit's a spell come on him. Till they ain't no oil to the wick." " One rnornen I found him," Adelle Proudfit said, speaking quietly, " with his head a-layen on the table, in the kitchen. And the oil plumb gone, and the wick burnt out, and him asleep. He lifted up his head, real slow, and saicl to me: *I slept, and Him in the Garden.' Lak a man might say good mornen, and no difference to his voice."